Hotness Fugtrospective: Jared Leto

We went to Jared. Well, it IS his birthday today! Here’s to the best leaner we know.

[Photos: Getty, ABC]

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  1. Beth Y.

    I hate to say this, but there are a couple of shots in there where his eyes make me think of Charles Manson. The wide-eyedness of them? The slightly insane glint? I just don’t know.

    Also. Is he wearing quail feathers in that Rad By Rad Hourani Unisex Collection #5 photo?

  2. karen

    oh, my, he really is pretty, isn’t he?!

    •  Steph

      So pretty that when I see him, I see Rooney Mara. I have no idea why my brain works this way…

  3. Gigi

    In Photo #4, he looks like a senior cougar who shops Chico’s hipster line.

    I’m too old for him to really register, but yeah, he was really amazing in Dallas Buyer’s Club.

  4. Jenz

    Can we all vote to keep the 90′s where they belong… in the 90′s? I’m 100 lbs heavier (working on losing it) and I just don’t look cute in plaid and grunge anymore. On the other hand, I like his music and I’m waiting for DBC to come out on VOD.

    • Maria

      I hated the 90s in the 90s and it took years for me to love fashion again. So I’m with you on not revisiting those looks.

      • Other Emily

        I’m easily 60 pounds heavier — I was a wee slip of a thing in high school and now I’m…not that. But I do sort of miss wearing my dad’s old jeans, cuffed at the bottom over my Docs and a specially chosen flannel over my tank top. I was so stinkin’ cute. I probably wouldn’t be so cute in it anymore, but I like reminiscing about it.

        • Stacey

          As a northwesterner, I miss being WARM.
          And I still have my flannel. I’m not afraid to admit it. Although I mostly wear it on hikes.

  5. junaitatres

    I was a freshman in high school during the run of “My So Called Life” and the weekly viewing was an event. My girlfriends and I watched together. We were so invested in that show and it’s characters. I feel like Jared Leto dresses against type purposely. He’s actively fighting the pretty.

    •  jerkygirl

      Heh, I posted before I read your comment–glad I’m not the only one who thinks this.

    • Tiffany

      “actively fighting the pretty” is the PERFECT description of Leto. I admire him for it, but I also adore him when he gives into the pretty. It gives me such mixed emotions!

    •  HelenBackAgain

      Agreed, I think Leto finds his beauty more of an annoyance than anything else. Understandably. The trouble is, when it’s this extreme, very few people can behave naturally around you. He made Jon Stewart giddy as a schoolgirl, and he wasn’t even nice to him. Carter Oosterhouse has the same problem (and, in my opinion, Carter handles it a lot better – but, to be fair, he’s a lot less famous, which surely helps).

      I think the only time Jared succeeded in tamping down his looks was with the blond/magenta mohawk. That made him look like Every Punk Wanna-Be Ever, very generic. The rest are all failed attempts; he still looks great under whatever insane thing he’s doing to himself.

      • CJ

        I assure you, having dealt with him before, he knows he’s pretty and he does not find it an annoyance.

  6.  jerkygirl

    *smh* Man. Only Brad Pitt fights his hotness better than this guy, and that’s probably only because he’s older and more experienced at it. Maybe We-went-to-Jared (I love that you opened with that line :D ) is just being himself or trying to prove he’s more than just a pretty face, and I get that, but I guess it’s just a little sad to me that anyone would think it’s a good idea to wear a mesh tank top or a shrug made out of a 3-day-old turkey carcass, especially if you picture what he’d look like dressed up as say, Don Draper, or someone equally as dapper.

  7. Valerie C.

    Slide 20 for the win – not one but two pretty boys ^_^

  8. Stefanie

    Oh Jared. Never change.

  9. Courtney

    I will never stop wondering why someone who looks so hot in a flannel and baggy jeans puts so much effort into his look. It is one of the great mysteries of the world. I mean, those eyes! They are everything. I selfishly wish he would take a page out of Clooney’s book and let the eyes do all of the work.

    If he was dating Lohan at one point, I bet they were able to bond over a mutual love for leggings.

  10.  glee

    I love him so much. I hate him so much for fighting the hot.

    OWN the hotness. You look much better in it- trust!

  11.  TheZulk

    All those skinny pants make me realize he has Kermit the Frog legs.

  12. Nicole

    Photo is less Ryan Cabrera and more David Copperfield (magician, not Dickens character).

    Seriously, tell me that’s not a still from the David Copperfield biopic.

    Maybe that’s why all the finger guns….

  13. Seamyst

    I’m getting a vague Tom Hiddleston vibe from some of the pics (especially #8), and I don’t know why.

    Aside from that, he has very pretty eyes, but I’m not feeling the love otherwise.

    • Kristin

      And in a couple I see a wide-eyed Zac Efron, though I find Leto much more interesting.

  14. Tiffany

    “It takes a big man to serve such an enormous helping of Blue Steel in a mesh tank.”

    ..that was the funniest line ever written! :D

  15. Wenchie

    Jared Leto fascinates me. He’s talented, gorgeous, ageless & weird- in a good way. Sometimes i wish he wouldn’t fight the hotness but I think if he quit fighting it he’d morph into a Kardashian/Beiberesque mess that I would loathe completely. The fact that he doesn’t take any of it seriously is the best part! That’s what makes him truly attractive (at least to me).

  16.  Gypsy Danger

    Still hot, just slightly grungier.

    I saw 30STM live when their first album came out 10 years ago and he looks pretty much the same. He was rocking hair that was shaved on the sides and bleach blond on top.

    His current image suits the style of the band.

  17. scone

    Ooof, that last shot still hits me direct in my gut like I’m 14 and watching MSCL again. He is still pretty, but he was SO SO pretty back then. (Also, I had that very shirt. I am a girl.)

  18. Alicia

    Ugh, I do hate that he has been escaping his hotness for the last 20 years, but I feel like he might be coming around a bit with his current look. Also, as if he weren’t hot enough, he had to go and be a lead singer in a band, too! Swoon.

    Wait, did I just say 20 years? It’s been TWENTY years since My So Called Life? God I am getting so dang old!

  19. Philippa

    Thank you for the Leto. You have cured my Boxing Day blues.

  20. Lori

    That last picture… sigh. Jordan Catalano was the most beautiful boy in the world. I will never love anyone the way I loved Jordan Catalano. Go Youtube the clip of him singing “Red.”

    And yes, kids, we really did wear that much flannel. So much flannel.

  21. jenlwb

    Ok fug nation, answer me this. As someone born mid 70s on the other side of the Atlantic but with a love of all things americana, do I need to go back and watch my so called life? I seemed to miss it the first time. Maybe I had my head in a Sweet Valley high.

    •  HelenBackAgain

      YES. DO IT.

    • Tiffany

      The thing that made it so great, was that the characters seemed very real and honest. I dont remember the plot lines so much as I remember REALLY identifying with the feelings the different characters were going through and their confusion. But I was a teen when I watched it. I think it is on Netflix, I might have to go back and watch it!

      •  HelenBackAgain

        I was an adult when it first aired, and it took me RIGHT BACK to those angst-filled teen years. It had the same effect on my parents.

        Worth a re-watch. I’ve seen it a few times myself, and I’m not much of a re-watcher generally, but this is just soooooo good.

    • Lori

      YES, YES, A THOUSAND TIMES YES! It is so good that I’m still not over it ending after one season. I watch it on DVD all the time. It will break your heart 100 times, but it is so worth it.

    • CJ

      Yes, you should. But be prepared: As an adult, I found myself actually agreeing with the parents point of view instead of the kids. I felt really weird about it.

      • Suzanne

        ^^OMG CJ yes! I had the exact same reaction to agreeing with the parental POV. It was unnerving, to say the least. ^^

  22. martinipie

    Ugh, he is pretty and all, but the droopy boots need to GO. Now.

    •  HelenBackAgain

      I’m not nuts about those either, but it occurs to me he may be hard to fit. He’s got a long, narrow foot, and men’s shoes don’t cater to narrow. So I’m sort of ignoring them because I figure he probably only has a few pairs that feel that good.

      Why people who can easily afford it don’t get custom shoes more often, I don’t know. I’m sure those dress shoes in #2 were made for him, but most of the others, probably not IMO.

  23. lynn

    Having read all the comments, I have to share that I do NOT find this guy hot in any way at all. The architecture of his face gives me a cross between grunge, cruelty, and a chilly prettiness – generally things that do not appeal to me (speaking only for me). His looks remind me of Jonathan Rhys Meyers. The slides only reinforced that impression. I stand alone :-(

  24.  LucyLoo

    You do not stand alone, Lynn. I stand with you! I don’t find him at all attractive, crazy eyes that are too close together and thin lips. I can’t believe anyone could compare him to George Clooney!!! Whaaaaa! The first picture looks like unwashed hair X 3 weeks at least. He does not have a fab smile or the personality that could make him appealing. Your description was, to me, so right on the money.

  25. Meghan

    The Leto perplexes me. Is he insanely hot or layers of grungy gross? I’m really not sure. I would like 5 days to have him scrubbed up, shaved and in general “refined”. Then I could give my verdict.

  26. MissG

    My late Christmas gift to you (skip ahead to 8:50):

  27. obxss

    Johnny Depp!!!!! He fights the hot harder than anyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    •  glee

      He doesn’t have to fight it anymore. He is just not hot at this point.

  28. CJ

    I’ve had to work with this dude a few times (because of his stupid bad, who are not good). He was an ass most of the time. He is also really stupid (all the time).

  29. Chappy05

    Ummm, is everyone being sarcastic when they call him hot? If not, I just don’t see it! At all.

  30. Sarah

    Did anyone else notice the strangeness of his hands in the blue-steel/mesh shirt slide (11?)… Are they seriously 7 shades darker than the rest of him? I do not understand, it’s like he’s channelling teen wolf.

    However, yum. I don’t care how hard he’s fighting the innate hotness or the reports of ego-mania, those baby blues just melt me every time.

  31. Mair Mair

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Jared Leto is the hippest homeless guy I’ve ever seen.

  32. Suzanne

    Mesh shirts, leather sport-shorts, pink mohawk — doesn’t matter. My immediate response is fwapfwapfwapfwap hnnnnnnnnnnnn!!!!!!!!!!! OH YEAH.

  33. Ms Poopy Von Pants

    Jared Leto: no, thank you.
    Jordan Catalano: yes. but I may have to give Claire Danes credit for that since she so convincingly loved him that I did too.